Assistant Secretary, Women'S Economic Security, Programs And...

Location: Barton, ACT Application Closing Date: 22-Nov-2020 Classification

SES Band 1

Employment Type

Ongoing , Full-time (Flexible working arrangements will be considered)

The Opportunity

PM&C is seeking a talented branch head to lead one of the branches in the Office for Women. This is an opportunity to lead a team at the heart of government that works closely with departments and agencies – and a broad range of stakeholders outside government including business, community and civil society groups and academics – on cross-cutting gender equality priorities for government.

The position reports to the First Assistant Secretary (FAS), Office for Women and regularly engages with the Office of the Minister for Women, the Prime Minister’s Office, senior officials across government and external stakeholders to provide advice to the Australian Government.

Responsibilities include:

  • Advising the Minister for Women and Prime Minister on women’s economic security (including driving design and implementation of major whole-of government work), women’s leadership, programs – including grants – under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, and leading strategic stakeholder engagement across the Office for Women
  • Working with the FAS, Office for Women, to set the strategic direction, work practices and positive culture of the Office for Women
  • Providing leadership to the branch and fostering a vibrant, high performing, inclusive culture in a fast-paced environment
  • Working across government to provide the Minister and Prime Minister with timely, high quality advice, using critical data analysis skills to advise on gender impacts
  • Building strong relationships across government, with NGOs and the private sector to deliver on priorities.

Our Ideal Candidate

We are looking for someone who:
  • Demonstrates knowledge and experience working with Ministers and their staff, and knowledge and experience with Cabinet and budget processes
  • Is an inspirational self-aware leader with a track record of leading high performing, diverse teams and promoting staff wellbeing by building a vibrant, inclusive culture
  • Demonstrates high level strategic, policy, analytical and conceptual skills, with extensive experience in policy and/or program development and implementation
  • Has outstanding communication and interpersonal skills to engage with senior stakeholders within government and a broad range of external stakeholders on complex issues
  • Exhibits strong judgement, professionalism and integrity
  • Significant experience or qualifications in economics, social policy, and women’s policy, as well as experience running administered programs (including grants under the PGPA Act) will be highly regarded.
The occupant must be able to obtain and maintain a Baseline level security clearance, or hold a current security clearance of an appropriate level.

The occupant of this position is considered an Officer under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and is required to exercise due diligence in complying with their obligations under this Act.

Contact Officer

Catherine Hawkins on (02) 6271 5652 or

Please Note – This is an unclassified web based recruitment system so your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your one page pitch and resume.